The Arc of Seneca Cayuga and the Arc of Yates will merge into one organization known as Mozaic, the groups announced in a press release Wednesday.
The merger, which will take effect Jan. 1, will allow the groups to expand the services they provide to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Cayuga, Seneca and Yates counties. The new organization will also add behavioral health services to Medicaid-eligible individuals with chronic health, medical and/or mental health conditions, according to the release. Mozaic was selected as the name of the new organization because it describes the diversity of services that the organization will offer.
Allen Connely, executive director of both the Arc of Seneca Cayuga and the Arc of Yates, will serve as CEO of Mozaic. He said in the release that the leading reason for the merger was the intention of both groups to expand their current services and add behavioral health services, which is a growing need in Cayuga, Seneca and Yates counties that Mozaic is positioned to meet.